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Definition of a Wise Guy: The Sport Who Can Make the Other Fellow Believe Him
CALL'S DOUBLE PAGE OF SPORTS RITCHIE KNOCKS OUT McFARLAND AND THEN BEATS JACK BRITTON This is the eighth of the series of the life and battles of Lightweight Champion Willie Ritchie, written exclusively for The Call. WILLIE RITCHIE The fans of San Francisco did not seem to think much of me after the Baldwin fight. Many of them accused me of having cold feet, and they went around town saying that I never could make good as a2O rounder. I don't blame them now, for I realize that I should have done better against the Boston boy. In fact, I really should have knocked him out. But my friends down Coalinga way still were boosters for me. Right after the Baldwin scrap they wired me to come back to the oil fields and take a chance against Tommy McFarland in a 20 round mixup. McFarland was going good then. He had returned from the east a few months before with the honor of staying 10 rounds with Champion Wolgast. The Coalinga promoters made me a pretty good offer and I decided to take it. I felt that 1 must show something in the way of a knockout punch if I hoped to stay with the fighting game. I realized that Tommy was a tough nut. but 1 was in good shape after my battle with the Bostonian, and I figured that I had a chance to do something with my haymaker. I was the favorite with the fans down in Coalinga because they knew me. But many of the sports in San Francisco made McFarland a favorite over me. I heard this later on. However. I was desperate. I made up my mind to take a chance for a knockout, and I never worked so hard in all my life as I did for that battle, because so much depended upon it. KNOCKS TOM McFARLAND OUT I stepped into that ring feeling like a 2 year old. So did McFar land. In fact, we both looked good. He started right after me and rushed me hard. He landed a few stiff ones on my stomach in the opening round, and I will admit that he shook me up. As all the local fans know. Tommy is a fine infighter, and it is hard to get at him. It was nip and tuck in the second, and again in the third. He was strong and aggressive, and I had to keep stepping pretty lively, and he made me use everything in order to keep out of his way. The short end bettors were boosting him along, and at the end of the second round he was holding me even, all right, and he may have had a lead. The third round found me slugging with him ami taking all sorts of chances. We just stood toe to toe, and went at it. I had a shade because I guess that my condition had something to do with it. The finish came in the fourth. It was then that I decided to take a chance and end it. if possible. I feinted Tommy with a couple of lefts and waited for a chance with my right. He finally left an open ing, and I shot over across to the jaw. That settled it. Tommy took the count. Naturally, I felt great after that battle. I showed a knockout wallop, and I was eager to get back to San Francisco, sign up for some more fights, so that I might convince all the fans that I was able to punch hard. johnny McCarthy a jinx I hurried right back home when I learned that I had a chance to get on with Johnny McCarthy. After knocking McFarland out, I was boosted around San Francisco again, and I began to feel pretty proud of myself. The first thing I did when I got back to town was to sign with McCarthy for a 10 round mill over in Oakland. I was full of con fidence and I intended to go right in and try for a knockout. I realized that I would have to square myself with my old friends, and I was ambitious to make good. . But no such luck. I fought a miserable fight against McCarthy. I could not box nor punch nor do anything else. He held me to a 10 round draw, and I all but cried in my dressing room after it "was over. I realize now that Johnny must have been my jinx. "Try as I could, I never seemed to get right for him. He must have, had something on me, or else I must have been made to order for him. Anyhow, I was not in a position to display a punch or to box him, and once more the knockers started after me. I did not blame them this time, either, for 1 should have done better . Jerry Murphy was fighting good then. He looked like one of the best of the four round boys. I begged for a chance against him, and they gave it to me. Although this was only a couple of weeks after I had made such a bad fight with McCarthy, I tore right after Murphy and won the decision easily. I had everything that night, and I set myself right with the fans again. BRITTON AN EASY MARK Next came Jack Britton. He had just arrived, bringing with him that great eastern reputation. True, he had not done very well among the four rounders, but the fans were claiming that he had not got used to our climate. All he wanted was a crack at me. He promised to wipe up the ring with me and send me back to work in jigtime. And I gave him the chance. We drew a big house, and, if I remember right, Britton was a strong favorite over me. But that was all. I had his number in the first, round, and I really believe that if I had cut loose in the third I would have laid Jack out and practically ended his ring career. If ever 1 had a man where I wanted him, it was Britton. Maybe he will admit it and maybe he will not. He outweighed me and he was supposed to have science enough to make me look like a busher. But I just stood up and took a chance. In the last two rounds I measured him right. They yelled for me to go in and take a chance, but I preferred to play the game safe. I remember that I had him staggering around the ring in the last round, for he was helpless. This was a great boost for me, and I realized it. In fact, it started me on a new career. I made up my mind then and there to keep on taking chances and quit playing a safe game. I began to believe that I had a knockout wallop, and I came to the conclusion that the sooner I tried it out the faster I would go to the front if they gave me a chance. The next installment of the life of the lightweight cham pion will appear in Thursday s Call. M'FARLAND WINS FROM JACK BRITTON MILWAUKEE, Dec. 9.—Packey Mc- Farland and Jack Britton, both of Chicago, gave a tame 10 round box ing exhibition here last night, which brought cat calls and jeers from the crowd. The contest went the stipu lated 10 rounds and McFarland had pecked Britton oftener than Britton pecked him. It was agreed that. Packey had the edge on boxing. It was apparent that neither fighter Intended to do any serious damage. In the seventh round Britton jabbed Packey in the mouth and brought blood, and McFarland retaliated by doing the same to Jack. McFarland boxed throughout the 10 rounds with his hands open. The fans were thoroughly disgusted with his tactics and it will be some time before he is put on hers again. During the afternoon lt looked as though the fight would be called off. McFarland refused to strip before the members of the boxing commission. He finally consented to weigh in be fore Chairman Llginger of the boxing commission alone. The latter re ported that McFarland's weight was O. K. The Wisconsin law provides that if there is a difference of 10 pounds in weight between two boxers they can not perform in the state of Wisconsin. GREAT FOOTBALL BATTLE HANGS IN BALANCE By Associated Press. CHICAGO. Dec. 9.—Whether there will be a'Harvard-Chicago football game next season will depend on the action taken at a special meeting- of the University of Chicago athletes board, to be held in the near future. Harvard's official proposal that Chi cago and the crimson meet at Cam bridge on October 24 or October 31 was received by the board yesterday made for its early consideration. The invitation for the intereectional game had been sent to Coach A. A. Stagg of Chicago, who is at Plnehuxst. N. C, and was forwarded here. Unless Harvard will agree to play Chicago in this city ln 1915 there is not much possibility of a game be tween the universities at Cambridge next year. Chicago faculty members are said to believe the maroons would lost prestige by listing a single game. The Harvard proposal made no men tion of a return game in 1915. Because of the necessity for an early reply to the Harvard invitation members of Chicago's athletic board may take action as soon as Saturday As such a contest might be styled a national championship game, Chi cago faculty members are expected to oppose it. At last week's meeting of big nine representatives lntersectional championship basket ball games were prohibited and it is believed by some the faculty members may stand by the precedent thus established. An other objection expressed by come of PROUD TITLE HOLDER CAN MAKE SKIPPING ROPE HUM MERRILY the faculty members was Based on the fear that Chicago's western schedule might suffer as a result of the journey to Cambridge so early in the season. However, the football players said the maroon team could be worked up to Its besa form by October 31 and that the few practice sessions lost and the hardships of travel would not be serious. 100 • • • •»•* s K..J Chicago >. is nearer Santa Fes quicker three = times = a - day service makes it so commencing Dec. 7 Standard and Tourist Sleepers The California Limited The Tourist Flyer The Overland Express Santa Fe City Offices 673 Market St., San Francisco, Phone Kearny 315 1218 Broadway, Oakland, Phone Lakeside 425 via Santa Fe Ritchie is a champion at skipping the rope as well as with the boxing gloves. This is one of his favorite forms of work and recreation combined. The title holder claims that rope skip ping helps develop the muscles of his feet as well as bracing up his wind and training his eye. This is how the camera caught him doing a few fancy turns Highbrows Should Enjoy This Bout LONDON, Dec. 9.—A box ing match between Mau rice Maeterlinck and George Bernard Shaw is suggested in a letter written by Peckham Beatty, who taught Shaw to box. Mr. Beatty suggests that the two authors box three rounds for a cup, the proceeds to be divided between French and English charities. If Shaw declines to box, it is suggested that a 50 mile motor race might be arranged be tween the authors. COME ON YOU MURPHY BOOSTERS, RITCHIE IS STILL 2 TO 1 SHOT WILLIAM J. SLATTERY It begins to look as though that great little tearing fighter, Harlem Tommy Murphy, is going to enter the ring at the Eighth street arena tomor row evening against Willie Ritchie all but friendless among the bettors. The admirers of the champion fairly fought for a chance to wager their money on him yesterday, but their efforts availed them nothing, for there was not enough Murphy money in sight to butter a sandwich for a beetle. Some strange influence seems to be at work on the fans of San Francisco. It is very evident that they have been entirely carried away by the recent work of the little champion and have come to the conclusion that no man of his weight in the world, today, figures with him at 135 pounds. Despite the scarcity of the Murphy money and the overwhelming odds against the sturdy little New Yorker, the interest in the battle is at fever heat. One hears nothing but jabs and jolts and ducks and swings in all quarters. The newsboys and the bank presidents are conversing along the same lints. The air is full of fight. The wisest of the wise—those gray haired veterans who have been fol lowing the doings of fighters for a quarter of a century all like Ritchie and pick him to win. But they balk at the price. They say it should be at least 10 to 7, with plenty of the 7 in sight. ODDS MAY YET SWITCH This sort of stuff listens well enough, but then you are compelled to stop and ponder a bit. The very men who are making these speeches are also helping to make the odds as long as they are. They all seem to like the champion so well that they are ready and willing to take a ride on him and let the straggling Murphy boosters write their own tickets. But don't be surprised to see the price come up a bit. There's many a Murphy well wisher holding back till the eleventh hour in the hope of beating the price a shade. And when he finds that he can't, he probably will load in his money at 2 to L Just sprinkle a few thousand dollars of Murphy money around the town and note the rise in the odds. It has hap pened many times before, and it's liable to happen tomorrow afternoon or sooner. The dope of the good fighting book tells us that Ritchie is still coming and that Murphy is going back. With his fourteen years of experience in the ring, during which time lie has been an in and outer, it is only reasonable to believe this of the lad from Harlem, but at the same time, we must stop long enough to give him credit for fighting the best fight he ever fought when he met Ad Wol gast last spring. It is true that the ex champion was fading rapidly away at that time, but Murphy was also supposed to be on the decline. And what a walloping Murphy dia hand the battler from Michigan. All he missed was a knockout. Everything else was in cluded in his makeup. Strangely enough, Wolgast never made a good stand after that. THE DOPE BOOSTS MURPHY When Ritchie fought Wolgast, he took an unmerciful mauling for fifteen rounds. He was on the receiving end at all times. He drop ped the champion with a right to the jaw, the champion got up and hit him a couple of foul blows and then the title changed hands with the loser on his feet, apparently full of action and the winner stretched out on the canvas. Taking the showipg which Murphy " Fifty years ago, when Golden Wedding Whiskey was young. '' are not in winning form for a game of billiards unless you're in a cheerful, confident mood. It's wonder ful how a little drink of fine, old will give one the nerve and steadiness neces sary to get the proper English on the ball. Golden Wedding is a pure, mellow, sun ripened whiskey, aged in the wood un- der the ever-watchful eye of the govern- ment, and distilled according to a special (jfl&j formula. It produces no bad after-effects, but is nerve-sooth, ing and is good for an over-worked or run-down system, because it is "Made Differently.** Q^art DIRECTORY OF LEADING HOTELS Dancing and Other Attractions PALACE- HOTEL SAN FRANCISCO NEW YEAR EVE. For Tables Apply To Otto Haelierll, Mail re rf'llotel THE CALL'S HOTEL AND RESORT RF RFAU furnishes folders and full information &«• regarding taia hotel. First floor, Call bidg. and Ritchie made against Wolgast within a few months of each other, lt is difficult, indeed, to figure out why Ritchie should rule a 2 to 1 shot and Murphy should J>e overlooked. But the men who make the prices In events pugilistic have decreed that 2 to 1 goes for the present time at least, and this settles it. So far as is known, neither man has placed a bet on himself. They are not ramblers. They are simply lighters. If either were to act like the late Stanley Ketchel or Joe Gans and come to the bat with a bankroll to bet, then there would be some excuse for a switch in the odds. But we don't have reckless spirited scrappers like Ketchel and Gans any more. - Anyhow, Ritchie ought to be proud of this wonderful tribute which his fellow citizens are paying him. According to their way of thinking, he is going to fight the toughest lightweight in the business tomorrow evening and still the price of this tough one has been hammered down to 2 to 1 and lt is going begging. Where, oh where are those who have confidence ln Harlem Tommy. BUCKLEY TOUTS TOMMY The champion himself Is surprised at the odds. He freely admits this. He, of course, would figure on the long end, but he did not look for the price to drop any lower than 10 to 7. "They seemed to be all after me to fight Murphy and I figured that when the match was made the Murphy men would throw in all sorts of money on him," said Willie yesterday. "Now they tell me that my friends can't get a bet down on me because 'there is no Murphy money in sight. "I am out to win and win as quickly as I can. Certainly I will play for a knockoflt. I always do. But I am not trying to call the turn. I will do the best I can and fight while I have a pair of good hands to fight with." There appears to be bushels of confidence in the Murphy camp, de spite the fact that the little chal lenger is despised by the bettors. Harlem Tommy is not a man given to worry and neither is his manager, Jim Buckley. "Odds don't count," says Buckley. "In fact, they lie. The people of this ■ city made Burns a 10 to 4 shot over my boy, here last New Year's day and my boy made a chopping block out of Burns. I know he won't beat Ritchie so easily, but he will beat him all the same. I tell you he can't nfiss." Buckley is a shrewd judge of fight ers and form. He picked Murphy up when nobody else seemed to want him and since that time Murphy has jumped from an obscure performer to a challenger for the lightweight title. HOTEL ST. FRANCIS invites you to view the Mural Paintings in the most beautifully decorated cafe in the world JAMES WOODS. Manager THB CALL'S HOTEL AND RESOKT BU REAU furnishes Colder* aud full information free regarding tola hotel, lint floor. Call buUdlac MILLER IN LINE FOR COMEBACK WITH ELDER Despite his recent deefat at the hands of Gunboat Smith in New York. Charley Miller, the giant carman, still believes that he is a regular white hope. He is all ready to make his re appearance In the local ring at the Pavilion rink on Friday evening against his old time rival. Soldier El der, and he may yet surprise the fans with a comeback. Miller and Elder have met on two previous occasions. The first was a four round draw, in which both men registered knockdowns. The next one went 10 rounds and Miller was awarded the decision, although Elder fought him every inch of the way. The next meeting will be the rubber, and it looks as though one of them ought to score a decisive victory. Miller always was very well thought of by the local fans, and up to the time that Smith walloped him in three rounds last month he was looked upon as one of the leading white hopes of the country. He is game and willing and carries a good punch with him. He never has been known to sidestep a match, and has given some great exhibitions here in the past. Elder has been out of the game for some time. While not fighting the soldier plays the role of a cowboy for a moving picture concern across the bay. While he is not as heavy as Mil ler, he is possessed of a mighty wal lop, and when he lands on his op ponent the latter generally falls to the mat. Elder has been working hard and looks to be in good form. JOHNSON VS. EXPOSITO Lee Johnson, the colored lightweight from Oakland and one of the cleverest boys ln this section, is going to tackle Kid Exposito of the northwest. The latter is one of those tough, tearing scrappers who keeps coming all the time. He has been training with Wil lie Ritchie. It looks as though the black boy will be the favorite on ac count of his cleverness. The husky middle weights, Montana Dan Sullivan and Dude Clark of Los Angeles, are also on the list. Both are sluggers and a knockout is ex pected. 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